An interactive Star Wars exhibit in Montreal explores how human personalities are formed, according to the latest issue of Tourisme Montreal’s cruise newsletter. The exhibit runs until Sept. 16 (2012).

Also in Montreal this summer is Cirque du Soleil newest show, Amaluna, set on an island of goddesses, one of whom falls in love with a shipwrecked sailor. Amaluna is performed until July 15.

In mid-June, Montreal’s Old Port will become home to a new so-called urban beach, designed by the same architect that created Sugar Beach in Toronto. Promising great views of the Saint Lawrence River, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Ile Sainte-Helene and Old Montreal, visitors can suntan and feel the sand between their toes, according to Tourisme Montreal.

Slated from August 18 to 20 is the Omnivore Food Festival, showcasing new trends and “young food.”

A fireworks competition is scheduled from late June through early August, with teams from Japan, Switzerland, Greece, France, Portugal, Italy, the United States and Canada vying for gold, silver and bronze awards.

Pointe-a-Calliere presents the historical evolution of Montreal in a multi-media show, created in collaboration with the Moment Factory. Eighteen minutes long, it is presented as a combined time-travel and history lesson in eight different languages.

New dining experiences include the Sinclair restaurant at the St. Sulpice Hotel, offering contemporary French cuisine, and Aix Cuisine du Terroir, celebrating the traditions and attitudes of Quebec.